ARE YOU FREAKING JOKING ME: Minorities Now Want Safe Spaces “No Whites Allowed”
BY RYAN CARRILLO
A couple of weeks ago, two students from Ryerson University’s Journalism program were barred from attending an event organized by the ‘Racialized Students’ Collective’ because they are white. You can read the initial report here.
There was debate back and forth about the move, but one response in particular, caught my eye.
A Huffington Post article titled, ‘Ethnic Minorities Deserve Safe Spaces Without White People’.
I couldn’t help but be taken aback by the title. Were my eyes deceiving me? Was I really reading someone blatantly argue for segregation by race?
The author, Aeman Ansari, argues that ethnic minorities have a right to claim public spaces to “share stories about discrimination without judgement and intrusion,” that is, judgement and intrusion by white people. She goes on that many students at Ryerson have experienced racism and that these spaces act as a forum where the ethnic students are protected from stereotypes and marginalization. Furthermore, she states that this is crucial in order to resist oppression.
What oppression might that be? Do you mean like being prevented from attending public spaces due to your race?
The two white journalism students that were asked to leave said they felt embarrassed by the situation, calling it, counterproductive. Ansari then blames individuals upset with this policy as “proof that they were right to exclude those students.” The piece also says that the organizers and attendees were there to “help each other get through social barriers and injustices.” However, I’m at a loss to pinpoint what those barriers might be. It appears they were able to put on their event and even discriminate against an entire race of people without too much fanfare.
Ansari goes on to say that “The presence of any kind of privilege puts unnecessary pressure on the people of colour to defend any anger or frustrations they have, to fear the outcome of sharing their stories. The attendees are trying to move forward by supporting each other and they should not have to defend themselves, they should not fear the consequences of raising their voices.”
Ah yes, privilege, the catch-all response designed to end further discussion and in this instance used to justify racial discrimination. It is in reality, the Racialized Students’ Collective, that is privileged enough to be able to enforce a policy of segregation, against a large percentage of the student body; especially because their funding comes from Ryerson’s Student Union and they are supposed to be representing all students.
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Can you imagine the uproar and furor that would ensue if white students attempted to hold a whites only event? It seems to me that this is really about having the freedom to ‘blame whitey’ and express their racism to a purely sympathetic audience.
The article goes on to implore that instead of focusing on the students that got kicked out we take a deep hard look at the “history of oppression” that white people have inflicted on ethnic minorities. We’re asked to examine the racist history of the West and the enslavement of Africans. According to Ansari, “This kind of oppression is still witnessed today.”
Yes, it is still witnessed today, but not anywhere in the Western World. Slavery is still practiced in Africa, some Middle East nations, North Korea, and China. Slavery and oppression does not exist in the United States, Europe, or Canada. Ansari and the members of the Racialized Students’ Collective have never experienced oppression. These people live in Canada, one of the most pluralistic, multicultural, free, democratic countries in the world. They have no concept of what oppression is. They can speak their minds; they have equality, and in some cases even special privilege, under the law. There is absolutely nothing oppressing them, they are protected classes.
We’re also asked to accept that white people cannot experience racism, not real racism at least. Ansari believes that whites have never had difficulty finding a job, housing, healthcare or justice due to systemic racism. I fathom the author is unaware of diversity quotas, affirmative action, or gladue sentencing. All of which are policies and laws that benefit other races over white people, the very definition of systemic racism.
I have a different perspective on what these ‘safe…..
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